McEachin Reflects on his First 100 Days in Congress

April 13, 2017
Press Release

RICHMOND - Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued the following statement highlighting his work completed during his first 100 days in office serving the great constituents of Virginia’s 4th Congressional District:

“Serving Virginia’s 4th Congressional District has been an incredible honor. From day one, my staff and I have worked diligently to help our constituents and to make a positive difference in the community. I constantly strive to represent the values, principles and priorities of my constituents and counter the senseless attacks on our hardworking families coming from the Trump Administration and House Republicans.

“In the first 100 days, I have spoken on the House Floor on numerous occasions including defending the Affordable Care Act so that millions of Americans can access life-saving health insurance; expressing my concerns  about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reprehensible record; opposing the baseless Muslim ban; and condemning Russia’s attack on our democracy. I have cosponsored 39 bills and resolutions that would help level the playing field for the majority of Americans – not the select few.

“To my constituents – I am ready to continue fighting on your behalf so that your values and principles are constantly heard in Washington. I look forward to working with my constituents to strengthen our great community, our Commonwealth, and our nation.”

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Constituent Engagement

Congressman McEachin hears his constituents’ concerns and work hard to address them promptly. Most recently, Mr. McEachin wrote two letters to the Postmaster General about the closure of the East End Post Office in Richmond. In just the first 100 days, in addition to being in Washington, DC for 55 days packed with voting and attending Congressional hearings, Rep. McEachin has hosted and attended 47 events, 34 constituent meetings, 6 business tours, 2 town halls (“Coffee With Your Congressman” events), and 2 Facebook Live town halls.

Defense

Given the importance of strengthening our armed services, Rep. McEachin has worked hard to address our defense-related needs, ranging from shipyard modernization to advance planning efforts in anticipation of sea-level rise.

Environmental Justice

The environment is one the most pressing issue of our age, Rep. McEachin introduced an amendment to ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency continues to use the best available science to respond to threats on public health. Mr. McEachin also recognized Mustafa Ali’s 24 years of public service fighting for environmental justice in the EPA. Congressman McEachin also served in his role as the Ranking Member at an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on the Endangered Species Act.

Equal Rights for Women and LGBTQ Community

Congressman Donald McEachin is an original cosponsor of important legislation including the Equal Pay Day Resolution, Paycheck Fairness Act, and the HER Act. He swiftly joined the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to continue fighting for rights and access just as he did in the General Assembly. Recently, Rep. McEachin was honored as a 2017 OUTstanding Virginian award for his commitment to fighting for equal rights and justice for all.

Education

Quality education is a priority for our families and our future, so Rep. McEachin cosponsored a bill to help fund more cost-effective renovations to rundown school buildings and wrote to Secretary of Education DeVos to demand an investigation into disproportionate discriminatory punishment in our community’s public schools. 

 

Contact: Jamitress Bowden
(202) 225-6365

 

 

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